Canyonville is a great starting point for some of Oregon's most scenic drives. The Cow Creek trip is about 50 miles, starts in the little town of Riddle, and ends at the town of Glendale. Both communities are unincorporated and offer few amenities.
The Byway follows Cow Creek and the railroad, and although I was a little disappointed that we saw few wildflowers and absolutely no wildlife (not even a squirrel or chipmunk!) the creek was pretty and a few signs posted along the way told some history.
Apparently a few hunters excel at bagging signs if not game!
Would you believe this was the only other vehicle we saw on the circle tour this day.
Prior to the advent of railroads, mules and horses were the primary means of transportation. These RR trestles are over 100 years old and are still in use today. Alas, the towns formerly along the route stand no longer.
Arriving at the town of Glendale, we are at the end of our Byway tour. The pretty RR car shown stood behind one of the last buildings in town. The sign shown to the right offered no explanation as to its history or heritage.
Coming next: Umpqua Falls Scenic Byway
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